Tackling the effects of
Covid-19 across the globe
CCV Global is one of largest Covid-19 volunteering networks in the world, and has been recognised by the United Nations and the UK Government for its work in communities across the globe during the Coronavirus pandemic. Scroll down to learn more about our mission, what we do, where we work, and examples of our impact.
From village group to worldwide organisation
Coronavirus Community Volunteering (CCV) was set up by Rory Moore, a 19-year-old student from a rural village in the United Kingdom. Rory was concerned that not all those who were vulnerable would have family or friends who could support them with day-to-day activities like grocery shopping or having a chat over the phone.
Initially, he encouraged his friends to deliver a leaflet he had designed to houses in his village offering to help with basic tasks. The movement quickly gathered pace, spreading to other towns and cities across the UK. Many of Rory's international friends told him that there was a need for a similar community volunteering organisation where they lived, and from then on CCV started to expand across Europe and beyond. Today, CCV has connections in over 40 countries across the world attracted international acclaim.
CCV aims to democratise access to volunteering services. What does that mean?
We strongly believe that, faced with the worst public health challenge challenge in over a century, everyone should be able to access the help they need.
CCV's innovative approach tackles the inequalities in access to such assistance - what we call the "postcode lottery". Most volunteering groups operate using traditional methods, such as leafletting or Facebook groups. This means that vulnerable people living in one area may have better access to volunteering services than those elsewhere.
Through our app, CCV is able to level the playing field: we partner with organisations at a local level and integrate their volunteers into our digital volunteering infrastructure. By doing this, we increase the chances that someone who downloads our app will be matched with a volunteer who can help them.
In short, we harness technology to try and make sure everyone has an equal chance of getting the help they need during this challenging time.
WHAT WE DO
Through our partnerships with volunteering groups around the world, we have built a network of
volunteers across 40 countries.
These volunteers, using our app,
assist those who are vulnerable
and self-isolating with basic tasks
such as grocery shopping,
delivering medicines, or simply chatting over the phone to prevent loneliness.
Partnerships with community groups
We work with community
organisations across the world,
equipping them with the tools for volunteering projects and
promoting important fundraising causes. These partnerships also
help us integrate more volunteers
into our network, meaning we can help people in a nearby area
where no volunteering
Developing innovative solutions to the challenges of isolation
We have worked closely with a tech company to design an app which matches volunteers with those who need help. Available in over 20 languages, the app allows us to connect an existing local
volunteering network (e.g. in a town), with those who need help in a nearby area but don't have access to volunteers.
WHERE WE WORK
Our projects aim to realise our mission: ensuring everyone gets the help they need
We work in the countries and regions
where we can add most value
We work primarily in countries where there is no existing state-run volunteering infrastructure. We believe that people should always try first to volunteer through government schemes, such as the Good Samaritan initiative in the United Kingdom.
However, the truth is that many countries do not have a national volunteering programme. This is where CCV can have the biggest impact: we partner with organisations who can then use our digital volunteering infrastructure to optimise their work and assist larger numbers of vulnerable people.
Some of our biggest partnerships are with community and volunteering groups in South Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa, and South America. Read about some examples of our work below.
Tackling the difficulties of self-isolation
CCV Global has worked with a community organiser, Ajin Abraham, in the Indian state of Kerala. Working with Ajin, we helped to implement a State Government campaign called "Break the Chain". We provided advice, resources, and fundraising support for a campaign to construct hand sanitising stations around Alappuzha district.
The BtC campaign also distributed over 5,000 food parcels, delivered face masks to healthcare workers and police, and set up a telephone counselling service for those quarantining at home.
Ajin has since used his network to encourage others across India to carry out similar projects. This shows how our partnerships allow us to make a difference on the ground, in turn encouraging further volunteering projects.
Looking beyond the pandemic
Right now, CCV Global is focused on tackling the effects of Covid-19. However, looking beyond the pandemic, there is certainly a role for CCV Global to play.
Volunteering will still be needed after Coronavirus has passed: preventing loneliness by regularly speaking to an elderly person or helping your vulnerable neighbour with their shopping will both be equally important when the pandemic is over.
What CCV has been able to do is innovate, through the creation of an app which matches volunteers with those in need, as well as facilitating impactful community projects at a local level. This innovation, coupled with inspiring many to volunteer for the first time, will ensure that we have a legacy that outlasts the Covid-19 struggle.